Celebrating, sharing, song, spoken word and social connectedness
What better way to celebrate the amazing people in our community than to have a concert with them AND for them!
On April 17th St. George’s in the Pines hosted Banff Volunteer Centre’s 3rd Community Coffee House event, and over 80 people from Banff, Canmore and beyond came out to celebrate the contributions of people in our communities. Sharing stories of their contributions to community 12 talented performers to the stage at historic St. George’s in the Pines on a Tuesday night, giving their time and talents to celebrate those who give their time and talents too!
The ambiance of St. George’s truly enhances the evening, in addition to that it is the incredible creative spirit that everyone comes willing to share. It is inspirational to hear the stories shared by the performers of the impact being involved in their community has made on them and of the impact they have had on their community. The Coffee House truly is a well rounded event, featuring such a wide variety of music, spoken word, poetry and even local non-profits who came out to share the exciting projects they are working on here in Banff and Canmore.
Check out this collection of photographs from the April Coffee House by local Canmore photographers!
Over 80 people came out to enjoy the tunes, talks and tasty treats!
The audience was incredible too - from the young to the young-at-heart, from Banff and from Canmore, from across the oceans and from the Alberta north – it’s great to know that the community of Banff is truly represented at the Coffee House, visitors and locals alike! Though the event is free to attend, but a suggested donation to the historic designation fund for St. George’s in the Pines is always encouraged. There is coffee and tea on hand, thanks to donations from our local Starbucks, and deserts and pastries from Nesters Market AND also from locals who contributed their own delicious baking!
A SHOUT OUT to the 25 great local talents and volunteers who came to share with us!
Garry Gonis: Thank you for being our Sound & Stage Manager – we can’t do it without you! Love how you get everyone singing along!
Matt Flawn: Your lighting is truly a huge part of the night – thank you for continuing to share your time and talents!
Fiona Lee: Your enthusiasm and energy is a fantastic addition to the Coffee House – really looking forward to working with you on the next one!
Thank you to everyone else who helped on the night of the event with the door, set-up/tear/down and food service!
Lori Reid: We are so fortunate to have an outstanding talent like yourself come share your songs at the Coffee House – looking forward to your new album!
Jo Domaille: Your voice is outstanding- thank you so much for all your contributions to the Banff community! You’ve been with us since the beginning and we’re sad to see you go…we hope you come back when you’re famous
Mark Unaru (& Mike Broadley): Thanks for sharing your light with us guys – we’re glad to be your big debut!
Frederic Gagne: Thanks for bringing the blues and rocking out for us – we can’t wait to see you perform again!
Peter Cristou: Thanks for your continued support and bringing your daughter out on her birthday to perform!
Thanks to Doug Hamel & Cindy Gibson for sharing their engaging and beautiful poetry – you two are fantastic!
Thanks to these local non-profits for giving entertaining talks about the work they do & sharing ideas and inspiring us to put our goodness to work!